Have you ever tried cupping?

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Chinese Medicine uses cupping, or fire cupping, as a therapy that uses jars attached to the skin by a negative pressure either by using fire or vacuum suction.

Cups have a warming quality and create a free flow of qi and blood throughout the meridians. Cups can flush the toxins from your body and stimulate the lymphatic system.

Cupping is successful in treating conditions of muscle pain and swelling. Cups can alleviate pain of the upper and lower back, legs, shoulders, and from sprains and strains.

This therapy can also be used for gastrointestinal problems such as; stomachaches, vomiting, and diarrhea. Additionally, respiratory problems that include coughing, asthma, and common colds can also be helped.

The way it works is by the jars drawing the skin up and creating a localized reaction on the skin which may be a pink, red or violet color. Previously, jars were made mostly of bamboo, but now they are mostly made of glass or plastic. Transparent cups allow us to see the extent of the localized reaction which is occurring at the skin level.

The cups can be moved as a form of massage or left in place for 5 to 10 mintues. The bruises at the local areas can be dark but not painful and should diminish within a few days.

Reference: Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion by Cheng Xinnong

How Acupuncture helps you

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Acupuncture is a worldwide form of medical treatment that stimulates meridians throughout the body to promote natural healing and improve overall functioning. Acupuncture can help with a variety of conditions, as most conditions are due to imbalances in the body including deficiencies or toxicities.

The most common conditions treated by acupuncture are pain, stress, insomnia, headaches, allergies, common colds, respiratory problems, arthritis, digestive disorders, menstrual disorders, infertility, menopausal symptoms, anxiety, depression, addictions, and neurological conditions.

Acupuncture does more than simply relieve symptoms, it is a whole body approach. The aim of acupuncture is to treat the whole patient and restore balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. It is also used as a preventative treatment.  Regular acupuncture treatments can help to strengthen the immune system, help the body to heal itself, and find homeostasis overall.

Many people try acupuncture when they have tried everything else. If you feel like you have tried everything with no luck, or you just want to try Chinese medicine first, go ahead and give us a call at 949-392-6490. Whatever stage you are in your journey back to health, we will try our best to get you where you want to be.

Now is the time to love your spine!

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The adult spine and pelvis has 29 bones and 77 joints between just those bones. It is important to keep all of your joints healthy, because dysfunction can occur at any one of those joints. Spinal dysfunction can present in the form of inflammation, pain, stiffness, or problems to the surrounding muscles, ligaments or nerves.

Your spine is your center. Without it you could not walk or even stand up straight. Your spine safely protects your spinal cord and all the nerves traveling from your brain to your limbs and organs. Any problems to the nerves can result in pain, numbness, tingling, weakness or organ dysfunctions. Without your nerves you would not be able to move or even breathe.

Your spine protects the key to life…your nervous system!

When your spine and its joints are working correctly your nerves work more efficiently.

Here are 5 ways to know if your spine is not working correctly.

1. Posture – Are you slouching forward? Is your head more forward than the rest of your body? You should be sitting up straight and your head should be over the top of your body, and your ears in line with your shoulders. If not, your posture is showing some spinal dsyfunction.

2. Strength – Is it hard for you to sit up straight for long periods of time? Would you consider your core muscles weak or strong?

3. Flexibility – Does your back feel stiff in the morning? Is it hard for you to touch your toes? How far back can you bend or twist to the right of left?

4. Mobility – Do you sit for more than 4 hours a day? Sitting to your spine is like candy to your teeth. Getting up and moving around is like brushing your teeth. So get up and brush that spine!

5. Pain – Do you have frequent pain to your neck or back muscles? Do you have numbness, tingling, or weakness to your limbs? These are huge signs of spinal dysfunction and you should get examined by your doctor or chiropractor as soon as you can.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask us how you can improve your spinal health.

Now is the best time to love your spine. It’s the only one you’ve got.

Chinese Herbs - A Kickstart to Health

Herbal medicine uses earth’s natural properties such as; flowers, leaves, roots, branches, bark, and sometimes animal products, to provide a fast, natural, and effective way to boost your health.

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In the office we use herbs alone or in conjunction with acupuncture, especially if a patient is not able to receive consistent treatments in the beginning.

Herbs can help the most common syndromes such as; common colds, throat and respiratory problems, stress, emotional problems, menstrual problems, and menopausal symptoms.

Herbal medicine is based on the principles of energetics. Everything in the world is made up of moving atoms and therefore is mostly made of energy. Each natural product made on this planet has an energetic property. For instance, stones, minerals, and shells have very dense properties which contain slow moving atoms and can help for the purpose of grounding, slowing down, and cooling the body. There are many types of properties to each herb which can involve taste, weight, temperature, energetic pathway, and helping specific organs. Practitioners of traditional Chinese Medicine have studied these herbal properties and their effects on the human body for over 2,000 years.

Our bodies require balance and herbs help maintain it. The closer our bodies are to balance, the healthier we are.

Herbs are a great way to start getting healthy and staying healthy.

Please let your herbalist know if you are a vegetarian or if you have any allergies so they can prescribe accordingly.

Have you looked at your tongue today?

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A couple of questions patients often ask are “Why did you look at my tongue?” and “What does my tongue have to do with my health?”

The answer is that your tongue represents your overall health condition.

Chinese Medicine has taught us to understand the physiology of how the tongue changes in different physical and mental states.

Your body’s physiological state influences the tongue’s shape, color, moisture, coating, cracks, and deviations.

Areas of the tongue also correspond to organs and organ systems in the body. Depending on the area, abnormalities can show the location of the imbalances.

Normal tongues are pink, moist, and have smooth edges.

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Abnormal tongue colors can be very pale, bright red, dark red, purple, and black. Additionally, abnormal tongues can have very thick coating, or no coating at all, deep cracks, or swollen and show teethmarks.

Early changes on the tongue do not always represent disease. But the imbalances they represent can lead to disease.

So now I have a question for you. Have you looked at your tongue today?

What are Chiropractic Adjustments?

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WHAT ARE ADJUSTMENTS DOING TO ME?

Adjustments help to restore motion to your joints. Chiropractors can use their own hands and pressure, or various types of tables and machines in order to get joints to move the way that they normally should.

By moving joints, we are able to send signals back to the brain, which then sends signals back to the muscles and joints in order to relax and become balanced.

Your body does exactly what you tell it to do, based on your actions. For instance, after breaking an arm you have to put it in a cast for a couple months. After you take the cast off, your muscles are tight, short, and you may have a hard time moving your elbow. The reason is because the cast has told your body that you do not need motion to that joint. This was necessary for the bone to heal, but now the muscles and joints are stiff as well. Your body is smart. The same thing happens in your spine.

What is really happening when you are sitting all day long at work?

You are teaching your body to have shorter Psoas muscles, shorter Hamstrings, and elongated Glutes which are all weakened by sitting. You also may be slumped over rounding your spine and carrying your head forward over your body. All or any of that can be happening.

So now, when you stand up, your posture is affected, because your body now thinks that is the only range of motion you need. Also, you may have some serious back or neck pain.

In the same way, when you put stress on your muscles at the gym, they become bigger and stronger. We can use the fact that your body adapts and we can change what was happening to you all day at work.

We, chiropractors, not only correct ranges of motion in your spine and joints, we teach you how to undo the patterns and imbalances that life has been teaching your body all day long.

Chiropractors treat disorders of the muscles, joints, and nerves. Some conditions chiropractors treat are neck pain, low back pain, joint pain in the limbs, and headaches. The effects adjustments have on general health are positive as they allow the nervous system to function at more optimal levels.

Chiropractors are trained in diagnosis and will conduct orthopedic and/or imaging in order to find out the source of the issue and then correct it. In addition, we are trained in exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle counseling.

Your body is an amazing, adaptive being!

All it needs is a little help.

You can read more about Chiropractic from our website: Elements of Wellness

Other useful links:
American Chiropractic Association
International Chiropractors Association